“Sojourn, meaning a short journey, represented our belief in the limited time we have on this earth with others and our need to make the most of that time.”
I was adopted in England by parents from the United States at the age of 6 months. My father, Marvin Eugene Breeding, a young Airman First-Class at the time, served for more than 30 years in the Air Force and retired a Chief Master Sergeant. Often known as ‘Chief’ he fought in three foreign wars, World War II (in the Army), Korea, and Vietnam and received over 25 medals and accommodations.
My dad was the kind of man who never met a stranger and always had something good to say about the people in his life. Although he was born in the 1930s, he thought I could do anything as a woman without any restrictions or barriers. Both he and my mother, Betty, were always there to lend support whenever I needed it.
As a result of my dad’s time in Vietnam, he was exposed to Agent Orange which led to a number of diagnoses including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma. He also suffered from prostate cancer that eventually metastasized into his bones. Dad died after 87 years of life, on July 17, 2014. As an occupational therapist, who has worked with people who have debilitating illnesses, I was aware of the potential outcome of his diagnoses. I wanted to make sure that when that time came, my mother and I would be at his side, in his home, surrounded by the people he loved.
This vision led me and my business partner, Jason Bliss, to start Sojourn Hospice and Palliative Care in 2012. My father taught me a number of life lessons that have led to my success. It has been an honor to be his daughter. What an amazing life he and my mother gave me. Thank you for allowing me to share him with you.
Sincerely, Caroline Breeding MA, MS, OTR/L
Sojourn Hospice and Palliative Care